The Dark Knight scene that will remind you of The Matrix
The Matrix and The Dark Knight were released nine years apart, in 1999 and 2008, respectively, and have since gone on to garner widespread critical acclaim. Though there is no connection between the two movies, as both come from totally different universes and belong to two very different genres, there is one uncanny similarity between them, apropos two of their fight scenes.
In the opening scene of The Matrix (directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski), we see Trinity (played by Carrie-Ann Moss), trying to get out of the simulated world designed by the machines, but not before confronted by a swarm of police officers, who have surrounded her from all corners. Seeing no escape route in sight, Trinity raises both her hands in apparent surrender (see 0.35 below), and just when an officer approaches to handcuff her, she brings all her training into account and fights herself out of a sticky situation.
In Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, under completely different circumstances, Batman (Christian Bale) is fighting off police officers who have mistaken a group of hostages as suspects. With Gordon off to save his family from Dent, Batman has no choice but to fight the officers to prevent them from shooting the hostages down. All seems to go well, until he finds himself fighting four officers at once, with a chopper hovering above on standby. He suddenly finds himself facing a very similar predicament as Trinity and, just like her, raises his hands in apparent surrender (see 3.42 below). The rest, as you know, is history.
With the fourth instalment of The Matrix in the works and Nolan shooting for his next movie Tenet, it is perhaps time to revisit two of Hollywood’s most successful movies.